Monday, August 03, 2009
USPS Mulls Post Office Closings Throughout City
Money problems for the U.S. Postal Service could mean a long list of post office closings in the city. There are nearly 700 possible closures across the country, including 53 in the five boroughs.The two hardest hit boroughs are Manhattan with 25 closures and Queens with 11. The post office is trying to counter a potential loss of nearly $7 billion this fiscal year with staffing cuts and removal of collection boxes, in addition to the two-cent increase in the price of stamps. Mail volume fell by 9.5 billion pieces last year with 28 billion expected this year.The earliest any location is expected to close is October. There's also a possibility 300 more locations could be added to the list.